“We are so in love with our words and ideas that we forget the direct experience from which they arise. We build concept upon concept. In the end we have abstracted our contact with life into the rote regurgitation of thought-bound ideology.
We have fallen victim to the great curse of human existence of the tendency to misconstrue language (words, thoughts, ideas) for actuality. We are entombed in our brains.
We are thinking our lives, not living them.
Think about the problems all this thought is creating. We pick up a self-help book, a book of spiritual advice, a religious book, thinking it might help with our thought-bound world. We read. We think it quite interesting. We think we will read more. We are not sure where all of this is going, but we think we will read more and find out.
It is not going anywhere.
Thought has nowhere to go but its own isolated, endless fragmented repetition.
Without the obsession of thought we are the recognition and the expression of the energy of consciousness and space in which we and others coexist in such profound contact that there is nothing that definitively divides us.
We search for this relationship of profound openness, without guile or armor, vulnerable, trusting, and at the same time, intimate, intertwined, boundaryless – but this transcendental relationship constantly slips from us as we experience it and then try to institutionalize it.
When our minds are absolutely quiet, when thought is still, this relationship is the natural state of our being. Then thought, the ego-center, enters immediately to catalog, analyze, and capture the beauty of the vision.
We seek the rare butterfly. Upon glimpsing its beauty we stalk it, catch it, drive a pin through its head to mount it, and put it on our wall with its Latin name. We trade the moment of beauty for the endless stultification of a dead symbol, an artifact, a word, a concept.
We can use language to approach that which is beyond language. We can use language to amuse ourselves. We can use language as poetry, as music. But we forget that these words, any words, bring us nowhere in actuality, only somewhere in the mind, in thought. We are in a bubble. We are staring in the pond admiring the reflection of our own thoughts.”
– Steven Harrison
3 thoughts on “Morning Trip (40)”
We are thinking our lives…not living them. Yes. I catch myself doing that 1,000 times a day! (But some living gets in between the thoughts. It sneaks in unexpected.)
I think that if I were entirely still and just sitting in some manner, that those looking from the outside would state, that I am not living, without even trying to ask me nor to see through my eyes nor my mind. If I spoke then or moved, I suppose that I would then affirm their error?
(Yes I understand the idea and path of the type of thinking that the quote intends, but I am noticing that today, I have other related pondering about it. What is action? What does it look like inside, and then outside? May your life today be like one amazing snowflake that while it is snow, it is never lost nor drowning in everything else.)